Our Team

ELEM is a spin-off from Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) where the technology Alya and the bio-simulation project was born.

Unique origins. Unique culture. Unique technology.

  • To transform medical innovation, preclinical and clinical testing, regulatory approval, and treatment decision to make medical testing work so everyone, everywhere can be well, able, and active for life.

  • To lead the technological revolution where virtual humans become the standard for in silico testing by deploying supercomputer-based Virtual Human platforms to model patients to improve health.

Our Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team, integrating disciplines from engineering to mathematics, physics, biology, medicine, and computer science.

Entrepreneur. Business and finance in modelling and simulation.
Christopher Morton
Co-Founder and CEO
Alya's main architect. Computational biomedicine and simulation.
Mariano Vázquez
Co-Founder and CTO
Co-founder CEO at Combined Therapeutics Inc.
Romain Micol, MD
Board Member
Alya's main architect. HPC and parallelisation, solvers.
Guillaume Houzeaux

Director of the BSC's CASE Department
José María Cela
Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
Jazmin Aguado-Sierra
Cardiac computational modelling
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Kostantyn Butakov
Cardiac computational modelling. Images.
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Alfonso Santiago
Cardiac computational modelling. HPC.
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Cristóbal Samaniego
Coupled multi-physics. Cardiac valves.
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Beatriz Eguzkitza
Respiratory system
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Hadrien Calmet
Respiratory system
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Oriol Lehmkuhl
Computational fluid dynamics. Respiratory System
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Federica Sacco
Cardiac computational modelling
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Eva Casoni
Tissue mechanics
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
David Oks
Biofluids. Cardiac valves
George Mason University, USA.
Juan Raul Cebral
Computational fluid dynamics. Vascular hemodynamics
Business support
Jens Jensen IV
Structural Growth and Compliance
Business support
Ivan Stipancic
Luz Calvo
Design and UX
Sol Bucalo
Design and UX
Guille Marín
Visual Art
Blanca Rodríguez
Cardiac Computational Modelling
University of Oxford, UK
Francesc Carreras Costa, MD
Cardiac Imaging and Function
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona
Jose María Guerra Ramos, MD
Electrophysiology, Arrhythmia
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona
David Filgueiras Rama, MD
Electrophysiology, Arrhythmia
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares CNIC, Madrid
Cristóbal Langdon, MD
Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Hospital Clínic i Universitari, Barcelona
Paul Iaizzo
Translational Systems Physiology
University of Minnesota, USA
Oscar Camara
Signal and image processing
BCN-MedTech, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Our Values
  • Collaboration

    We celebrate those who wish to collaborate, both within our team and in our partners and clients.

  • Transparency

    We are open and honest with our employees, partners, and investors. By being transparent we can harness the power of teamwork – all tackling the same problem together through excellent communication.

  • Determination

    We will bring this product to market while developing and validating relentlessly to achieve the outcomes we know will change millions of patients’ lives for the better.

  • Ambition

    We will expand the technology to reap the benefits from simulating multiple human organs, to grow our market through partnerships with clients who share our ambitious vision.

Our Story

In four milestones


Alya Project

Guillaume and Mariano started the Alya Project at the BSC, a recently created research center on supercomputing applications, hosting the fourth largest supercomputer on earth, MareNostrum I. One of the first application fields would be the cardiovascular system.

Alya team members: 4


ELEM idea

BSC and Alya have become world references supercomputing applications. The Alya Red biomedical project is presented through a scientific video, awarded with the 2012 International Science Visualization challenge (link).

Alya team members: 15


ELEM Biotech

ELEM becomes a spin-off from BSC, who transfers the technology and gives an exclusive commercial exploitation licence. ELEM's goal is to create our Virtual Humans platform to put all its power directly in the hands of the healthcare stakeholders.

Alya team members: 35


The Virtual Humans

14 years later, 100 papers published, more than 400 million core hours of supercomputing power spent, and 5 million euros invested in development, Alya is the core technology of ELEM's Virtual Humans. BSC hosts the fourth upgrade of MareNostrum IV.

Alya team members: 40